1 – The Pivotal Voice
This passage sets forth the pivotal role that the Holy Spirit, our guidance, plays in restoring us to our right mind. When we listen to this Voice only, we are well on our way to peace and happiness. Atonement is a correction (an ACIM tenet) to our hearts and minds, a change of purpose in the way that we view our life on earth.
2 – Peace with the World
Atonement is reached when we have made peace with the world and all who are in it. We have reached a state of oneness with all living beings. This does include our forgiveness of all with whom we come in contact, or even think about. Forgiveness frees us for Atonement.
3 – Listen to the Holy Spirit Always
We must listen for the Voice always. This does not mean that we are mentally ill, or that we are choosing a pathway that is detrimental to our mental health. The Voice is usually manifested in varieties of way, but mostly through an inner knowing that defies description. Sometimes the Voice comes through what is obviously our own thinking, but yet paradoxically a bit beyond us. We know that we are reaching wisdom that is not ours alone. We have reached to God, and He will guide us when we are willing to give up self-will.
4 – God’s Will = Our Real Will
God’s will for us and our own real will are actually identical. When we realize this, we have overcome a feeling that we are being pursued as Job was in the Old Testament. The Course says that we need not fear God’s will for us, that the Holy Spirit would wait for our willingness; He will not impose His will on us if we are not ready. Actually we will not need for Him to step aside unless we feel threatened. And this false sense drops away when we listen more carefully to His dictates. They are always for our good.
Help me to discern when my inclination is coming from the Holy Spirit. Help me not to let my own thoughts interfere.
May I follow the guidance that I perceive to be true. This will lead me Home to You.